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Oregon Couple Attacked Over Pink Poodle, Assailant Faces Federal Hate Crime Charges: VIDEO


When boyfriends Jeremy Mark and David Beltier of Beverton, Oregon took their two-year-old poodle on a walk last March, they ended up becoming victims of a hate crime:

The victim said he was walking with his boyfriend in the crosswalk when someone pulled up next to them and started yelling homophobic slurs, while also making fun of their dog named Beauty.

… Beltier said the man then got out of his SUV and started punching him in the face. The suspect then went back to his car and emerged with a foot-long metal wrench.

The man hit Beltier in the back of the head with the wrench.

The victim was not cut open or badly hurt, according to police. He did suffer a bump to the back of his head.

The victims said the attacker then got back into his SUV and sped away.

"He was saying your poodle is a weird color and that's just un-American and F-you, you f--- and shouting," said (Mark).

Luckily, other drivers saw the attack and took down the SUV owner's license plate number, resulting in the arrest of 23-year-old George Mason Jr..

Mason now faces federal hate crime charges, and his wife has snagged a criminal charge as well:

His wife, Saraya Gardner, was charged with obstructing justice. Federal officials said she lied about Mason's whereabouts to Hillsboro officers, and then further misled them when she repeatedly changed her story about the weapon used to strike the victim. She now faces prison time.

In addition to the hate crime charge, Mason was also charged with second-degree intimidation, second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless driving.

Watch news footage about the attack, AFTER THE JUMP…


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  1. I get the feeling that George Mason Jr is a closet-case. I don't know why--I just get that feeling.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jul 1, 2013 10:57:54 AM

  2. They should themselves be charged with animal cruelty for dying their dog's hair.

    Posted by: trees | Jul 1, 2013 11:14:38 AM

  3. I saw a pink-dyed dog yesterday during the Pride March. The dog didn't consent so I'm not sure why it's allowed. If somebody randomly took you and got your hair dyed you'd be livid.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jul 1, 2013 11:19:58 AM

  4. I don't what to say "white trash"...but just look at those photos...The wife needs to put down the bon bons.

    Posted by: pedro | Jul 1, 2013 11:27:16 AM

  5. I do agree that it's f*cking stupid to dye your dog's hair pink. The couple are assholes for doing that, but a wrench to the head is a little too much...

    Posted by: pedro | Jul 1, 2013 11:28:49 AM

  6. This being Oregon had the assailant been an animal rights activist he would have been hailed as a hero.

    While the wife was properly charged, unless they can prove intent to deceive she can claim she was uncertain as to the whereabouts of her husband, so it's the sort of thing that one almost never gets charged with. Also, in many cases wives are not required to testify in criminal cases against their husbands, so she should have just clammed up.

    The husband a closet case?? You don't suppose he has performance problems in bed do you?

    Posted by: anon | Jul 1, 2013 11:32:30 AM

  7. I mean... I doubt a dog cares what color it is considering they only see in shades of yellow, blue and gray...

    Posted by: cdubois | Jul 1, 2013 11:39:24 AM

  8. Actually, that's pretty close to the natural colour of some apricot poodles that I've seen. Maybe, do an image search on Google?

    Hey, redheads are in this year. lol

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Jul 1, 2013 11:58:46 AM

  9. Were they attacked because they are gay or because they have no taste? I'm confused.

    Posted by: Al | Jul 1, 2013 12:09:30 PM

  10. Sayonara, Saraya!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jul 1, 2013 12:10:13 PM

  11. I'm glad those guys are alright and the dog isn't hurt. It could have been far worse. Why people can't leave others alone is beyond me? Someone always has to play sheriff when they think something is wrong...and that is what is wrong.

    Posted by: BarryW | Jul 1, 2013 12:25:52 PM

  12. So, yet again, we see the cowardliness of effeminate gay men on full display. There were two of them and only one attacker, but the attacker not only felt fully confident about going after them, but saw that that confidence was justified when the two of them just stood there and let themselves be beaten on while doing absolutely nothing to defend themselves, despite having a 2-to-1 advantage.

    It is called being a coward and a pu$$y and it is why gay men get no respect....which is what leads to such attacks in the first place.

    I personally hope the assailant gets away with nothing more than a slap-on-the-wrist, given the cowardice displayed by the two he attacked.

    They deserve far worse than a bump on the head for their pathetic behavior.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 1, 2013 12:30:58 PM

  13. So, yet again, we see the cowardliness and internalized homophobia of our resident anti-effeminacy, misogynist, and racist troll, Rick/Jason/David Hearne.

    The fact that Rick attacks open and proud gay men who don't feel the need to adhere to his ridiculous coe of masculinity reveals that he hates all LGBT people.

    It is called being a coward and a pu$$y and it is why Rick is such a miserable and pathetic troll.

    I personally hope that Rick gets the kind of beating that these individuals almost suffered at the hands of idiot bigots.

    He deserves far worse than a bump on the head for his pathetic behavior.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 1, 2013 1:00:54 PM

  14. Rick, why are you always so combative?

    It's also called being "shocked", and "unused to physical confrontation".

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Jul 1, 2013 1:02:16 PM

  15. jesus tapdancing christ, rick, you are a piece of work. you're actually advocating scot-free gay bashing. this may be a new low for you.

    Posted by: gomez | Jul 1, 2013 1:13:28 PM

  16. I believe cases such as this should get as much coverage as possible and the assailants prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law as possible... the purpose SEND THE MESSAGE if you gay bash, assault, intimidate you will go away.......

    Posted by: aj | Jul 1, 2013 1:19:00 PM

  17. Unlike Rick i don't live in a world where physical confrontation is necessary, and I work to keep it that way. And if everyone did this, the problem would be? Maybe Rick runs out of fap material?

    Posted by: Mousie | Jul 1, 2013 1:21:02 PM

  18. To those of you saying that this couple are somehow heinous for dying the dog pink because the dog cannot consent to such a thing: well, poodles never consented to such a dumb haircut either!

    I'm by no means in favor of dying dogs (despite the cutaway of Dip A Pet on Arrested Development), but I do doubt that the dog's quality of life has been in any way diminished because of it.

    Posted by: william | Jul 1, 2013 1:22:52 PM

  19. That poor dog. He must be embarrassed, and I bet all the other dogs laugh at him.

    As for Mr. Mason and his old lady, pictures speak a thousand words.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 1, 2013 1:31:16 PM

  20. I hate to say this, but I agree with Rick. There is something seriously wrong when 2 men are attacked by 1 man and the 2 men sit back and allow it to happen. There is a failure of courage, of self-respect, or of manhood. Something clearly is not working right with these gay victims.

    This isn't the first case reported on Towleroad where multiple gay men were attacked by a single attacker. There was the nutjob in Chelsea, the heart of gay NYC, who was attacking gay people passing on the sidewalk. All of these gay men on 8th Ave. stood around watching and doing nothing. It didn't stop until a NYC bus driver - a straight man - pulled over and got out and chased the attacker. Then there was that group of 4 guys in a movie theater attacked by 1 man. They sat there and let it go on until one of them ran to get the manager. None of these incidents involved guns or knives or any other weapons. It was just fisticuffs.

    You never hear about 1 white racist attacking 4 black guys or 1 anti-semites attacking 4 Jewish men. They wouldn't dare. So why do homophobes have no fear of going after a whole group of gays even if they are outnumbered? Because even in groups, cowards and men who do not see themselves as men get no respect. These guys should spend less time focusing on the exterior of their dog and more on the interior of their minds.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 1, 2013 1:46:52 PM

  21. Rick, words escape me. How sad for you.

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 1, 2013 1:51:28 PM

  22. Rick and Rob, the neanderthal twins.

    Posted by: Sammy | Jul 1, 2013 2:06:38 PM

  23. Rob: you're just as ignorant as Rick. I wouldn't boast about that if I were you. It's not a compliment.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 1, 2013 2:07:40 PM

  24. googled Mr. Mason's name for mugshots:

    Name: George Allen Mason
    Location: Portland, Oregon
    Age: 22 years
    Processing Date: 09-05-2012
    Alleged Violation:

    George A Mason
    Name: George A Mason
    Portland, OR
    Age: 22 years
    Arrest Date: 2012-07-24
    JustMugshots ID 3590847
    Charges: Assault Iv (a Misdemeanor)
    Harassment - B Misd (b Misdemeanor)

    George Allen Mason
    Name: George Allen Mason
    Portland, OR
    Age: 22 years
    Arrest Date: 2012-06-05
    JustMugshots ID: 3429809
    Charges: Disorderly Cond 2 (b Misdemeanor)

    Previous Arrests: George Mason - Arrested on 2012-09-05
    George Mason - Arrested on 2013-06-28

    I'm sure there's more, but that's 8 minutes of my time I'll never get back.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 1, 2013 2:08:16 PM

  25. The dog isn't the story, the hate crime is the story. Stay focused people, no one deserves to get taunted or attacked for being gay. period.

    Posted by: reality | Jul 1, 2013 2:35:44 PM

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